186188 National Cancer Institute's Community Network Programs for reducing cancer health disparities: A summary of current outcomes research

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 3:15 PM

John Foster-Bey, MPA, MBA , Evaluation Research, CSR, Inc., Arlington, VA
Emmanuel A. Taylor, MSc, DrPH , Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Rockville, MD
Kenneth C. Chu, PhD , Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Rockville, MD
Leslie Cooper, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN , Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, USPHSCC, Bethesda, MD
Craig Dearfield, MA , Department of Sociology, Howard University, Washington, DC
Tiffani Jeffries , Evaluation Research, CSR, Inc., Arlington, VA
The National Cancer Institute Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) Community Networks Program (CNP) aims to reduce cancer health disparities by: 1) increasing access to and utilization of beneficial cancer interventions in communities affected by disparities, and 2) providing a cadre of well-trained researchers who will continue to reduce disparities in their communities. In 2004, 25 programs were awarded grants to serve underserved populations such as racial/ethnic minorities and low-income rural residents. CNPs are designed to progress through three phases of development: 1) develop and increase capacity building to support community-based participatory education, research, and training to reduce cancer disparities, 2) create community-based participatory research training programs to reduce health disparities, and 3) establish credibility and sustainability of the Community Networks Program. Programs conduct studies on the effectiveness of their community-based primary and secondary efforts to reduce cancer in underserved populations. Targeted outcomes include decreased tobacco use, increased cancer screening participation, increased knowledge regarding available health resources, and others. Grantees submit data on planned studies, design, samples, as well as citations for published results to a central database.

The proposed presentation will summarize cross-site progress on outcomes research and highlight results of successful community-based interventions.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the range of outcomes targeted by CNPs 2. Discuss the types of studies that have been and are being conducted on CNPs’ progress toward achieving targeted outcomes. 3. List the results of studies on CNPs’ progress toward targeted outcomes.

Keywords: Outcomes Research, Community-Based Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a member of the national evaluation team.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.